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Just Saying: When cloning becomes a pet project

Some people are making copies of their dogs, others are raising them for food - there's a nice circularity here

With a company in Texas offering to clone pets, our furry friends would be like video games with unlimited do-overs. And if we could regenerate our pets unto infinity, we would read books and watch films differently. For instance, tear-jerkers about
With a company in Texas offering to clone pets, our furry friends would be like video games with unlimited do-overs. And if we could regenerate our pets unto infinity, we would read books and watch films differently. For instance, tear-jerkers about the passing of pets would feel like a quaint historical artefact.PHOTO: REUTERS

I learnt not long ago that Barbra Streisand cloned her dog, as easily as some of us use the office photocopier.

Streisand is a legend who has given us Hello, Dolly! and The Way We Were, so if anyone has earned the right to make genetically identical copies of a mammal, it is she.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 11, 2018, with the headline 'When cloning becomes a pet project'. Subscribe